Time to say ta-ra to the till?
The beginning of the end for the supermarket checkout till
Marks and Spencer has become the latest food retailer to introduce a new way of shopping that could mean the end of the supermarket checkout. It involves a mobile phone app which means instead of paying for things at the till, customers pick out what they want, scan the barcodes and pay on their phone and...walk out. Other British supermarkets are trialling similar schemes with Amazon hot on their heels.
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Presenter: Paul Lewis
Reporter: Dan Whitworth
Producer: Alex Lewis
Editor: Richard Vadon